Mild winter means tough spring for allergy sufferers

Mild winter means tough spring for allergy sufferers (Image 1)
Mild winter means tough spring for allergy sufferers (Image 1)

It's been a mild winter in Middle Tennessee, but health officials say that is not necessarily a good thing for allergy sufferers.

With the warmer temperatures, trees are budding earlier and the heavy pollen in the air can trigger bad reactions.

“I get the sniffles and headaches and coughs and colds,” said allergy sufferer Mikeal Scruggs.

This year, Scruggs told Nashville's News 2 he noticed his allergy symptoms showing up earlier than usual.

According to experts the mild winter weather the Mid-State has experienced this year is to blame.

“For the past couple of weeks, that's really driven people crazy. Itchy, watery eyes and nasal swelling has caught a lot of people off guard,” said Dr. David Hagaman with the Vanderbilt Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program.

Those with asthma are having a tough time too.

According to Hagaman the rain on Thursday is good news for allergy sufferers since it washes away some of the pollen and improves their symptoms.

Experts say they believe it will likely be a longer allergy season this year.

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